13/02/2019 General, Pictures
Gildings Auctioneers are proud to be supporting the City of Leicester Museums Trust's (COLMT) campaign to 'Save the Hogarth' - a rare opportunity to purchase a masterpiece for the permenant Collection. The Wollaston Family is one of William Hogarth’s most ambitious early oil paintings and has been on loan to New Walk Museum & Art Gallery for 75 years but is now at risk of being sold unless the COLMT is able to raise £565k by the 28th of February.
In support of the campaign, local contemporary artist Tim Fowler has donated his portrait of the world renowned artist, with all money raised in it's sale going straght to the campaign total. The work will be hung in the New Walk Museum & Art Gallery for public view until 19th February, when it will be offered in Gildings' Antiques & Collectors auction as lot 300.
"The City of Leicester Museums Trust is very grateful to Tim Fowler for his generous contribution to the ‘Save the Hogarth’ appeal" says Jim Roberts, Chairman of the COLMT. "The purchase price of Hogarth's original work (£556k) is less than 20% of the painting’s current market value (£3m) and is being offered to the Nation for display at New Walk Museum & Art Gallery by the Wollaston Family for this special price in lieu of Inheritance. Even with some support from the Art Fund and other charitable trusts, we need the people to recognise the importance of this painting and the opportunity to purchase it for Leicester at a once in a lifetime price."
Will Gilding, Director of Gildings said "this is a fabulous contemporary work by a local artist to support a worthy art campaign for the benefit of the people of Leicester, so we are waiving all buyers and sellers fees for this lot, so the entire proceeds can go towards helping to 'Save the Hogarth’ for the City and nation."
Tim's Hogarth portrait is hand painted 289 years after Hogarth painted the Wollaston Family; through the combinations of acrylic, enamel, gloss, spray paint, ink, graffiti paints, oil sticks and marker pens, on paper. It is presented in a bespoke frame by A&G Picture Framers of Leicester, and and measures 105cm x 105cm, framed. A typically eye-catching portrait of Tim's would usually cost in the region of £1,000 - £3,000.
For more information on the campaign visit www.leicester.gov.uk/hogarth .
Donations may be made via: www.spacehive.com/savehogarth